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For months, President Bush's advisers have assured a skittish public that law-abiding Americans have no reason to fear the long reach of the antiterrorism law known as the Patriot Act because its most intrusive measures would require a judge's sign-off.

In a three-point presidential plan that critics are already dubbing Patriot Act II, Mr. Bush is seeking broad new authority to allow federal agents without the approval of a judge or even a federal prosecutor to demand private records and compel testimony.

So the most secretive administration ever -- which refuses to turn over any of its own documents on Cheney's energy task force, for example, and sealed Presidential papers from the Reagan and Bush 1 years -- wants to look through your stuff without even getting a warrant. But hey! The innocent have nothing to fear! Our justice system never makes mistakes!

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